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Poster: stbalbach Date: May 6, 2010 8:06am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

I wrote an informal FAQ that may be of some help

If you have any Q on searching let me know. The IA system is really pretty complex because the meta data is not uniform. Searching for "John Jacob Astor" is an entirely different strategy to searching for "Sir Winston Churchill". I *could* write a generic search string that took into account all possibilities so one doesn't have to think about it, but the search field has a length limit, making that impossible. So one has to build complex custom searches each time.

I think they are trying to bring some order to it with Open Library. A "For Dummies" guide would be perfect :)